The BBC have announced full details of all the programming on television and radio to celebrate the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. BBC One, of course, will screen the special episode The Day of the Doctor on November 23 (see the promo poster HERE), but check out below all the other shows coming up!
BBC Two 
For one night only, Professor Brian
(The Power Of Three) will take an audience of celebrity guests and members of the public
on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor, from the lecture
hall of the Royal Institution of Great Britain (1×60 minutes).
Drawing on the latest theories, as well as 200 years of scientific
discoveries and the genius of Einstein, Brian tries to answer the
classic questions raised by the Doctor: Can you really travel in time?
Does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build
something as fantastical as the TARDIS?
In an hour-long special,
BBC Two’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show presents Me, You And
Doctor Who
(1×60 minutes), with lifelong fan Matthew Sweet exploring the
cultural significance of the BBC’s longest running TV drama, arguing
that it’s one of the most important cultural artefacts of modern
Britain. Put simply, Doctor Who matters. He’ll examine how the show
has become a cultural force in its own right and tell the stories of
some of the unsung cultural heroes, who pioneered its innovative music,
design and storytelling.
BBC Two wraps up its coverage with the
previously announced An Adventure In Space and Time (1×90 minutes),
which will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who and the many
personalities involved. Written by Mark Gatiss, the drama stars David
(Dinosaurs On A Spaceship); Brian Cox (The End of Time), Jessica Raine (Hide) and Sacha Dhawan
(History Boys, Last Tango In Halifax).
BBC Four 
The channel will
introduce audiences to the first Doctor, William Hartnell, with a
special re-run of the first-ever story, which marked the start of 50
years of history. The four episodes are being shown in a restored
format, not previously broadcast in the UK.
There will also be
programmes across the children’s channel with 12 Again (1×30 minutes) bringing together
CBBC’s super-fan Chris Johnson, impressionist Jon Culshaw, Tommy Knight
(Luke Smith), Warwick Davis (Porridge in Nightmare In Silver), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra),
Dan Starkey (Strax), Louise Jameson (Leela) and the seventh Doctor,
Sylvester McCoy
, to share their memories of watching TV’s top Time Lord
when they were young.
Blue Peter will launch an exciting new
competition giving viewers aged between six and 14 the opportunity to
design a new gadget that will become part of the iconic science fiction
series. Two live Blue Peter specials will see presenters Barney,
Lindsey and Radzi joined by aliens and monsters, with viewers
challenging Matt Smith to answer their Doctor Who questions.
Audiences will be encouraged to get involved and vote in Doctor Who:
Monsters And Villains Weekend
, as we countdown to the top Doctor Who
monster. For those less familiar with the show, Doctor Who: The
Ultimate Guide
will introduce fans and viewers to a wealth of archive
material and act as a guide to all things Who. A further exciting
commission to be announced later this year will see the celebrations
finish with a bang.
BBC Radio 2 
Who Is The
is a 90-minute documentary featuring newly recorded interviews
and exclusive archive material. The programme will look at the lasting
appeal of Doctor Who and ask how much of its continued success can be
attributed to its basic formula.
In The Blagger’s Guide To Doctor
, David Quantick will give the iconic Doctor the Blagger’s treatment.
He’ll be finding out the answers to questions such as, why do Americans
think Tom Baker is still Doctor Who? How many Doctors have there really
been? Were the Daleks really named after an encyclopaedia?
Graham Norton will be broadcasting his weekly Radio 2 show live
(Saturday 23 November, 10am) from the Doctor Who Celebration in London.
In a special three-hour show, Graham will take a ride in the TARDIS and
will also be chatting with some of the series’ stars and fans.
Radio 1
is a key part of Doctor Who, from the famous theme tune to soaring
melodies, but the show has also inspired a whole new phenomenon – Time
Lord Rock (TROCK). Radio 1 will look at this genre of music inspired by
the Doctor and his journeys through space and time with a 60-minute
Radio 4 Extra 
The channel travels back to 1963 with a
three-hour special programme, Who Made Who?, to look at the world that
inspired the television series. Doctor Who may have come from other
times, but his roots were very much in the present of 1960s Britain.
This distinctive programme combines audio from the archive, new
interviews and extracts from audio versions of Doctor Who.
Additionally, the station will broadcast readings and dramas featuring
the great Doctor.


  1. Are all of those things also happening the same day as the 50th Anniversary? Sorry if you said, I may be overwhelmed with excitement.

  2. Nothing that amazing. I would of rather the 50th episode was longer than 75 min. Than some of the things listed here.

  3. Yep. Just a lot of "talking-heads" cheap documentary fillers, instead of story or substance. Yawn. Wake me when the current regime is no longer running (ruining) the show.

    50 years and the docu-drama about the show is longer than the actual anniversary episode. What a joke.

  4. Really don't understand how people can moan about the running length before seeing the story. If a great story fits 75 mins, then that's the perfect length 🙂

  5. The "actual anniversary episode" is bound to be a pile of crap anyways. It's best that the docudrama (which could be awful as well, what with Mark Gatiss involved) is the longer and (presumably) more respectful of the two.

  6. Why not some repeats? I understand that An Unearthly Child is unconfirmed due to resolution of issues with one of the episodes.


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